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The Matrix

User Rating: 81%
Language: English
Runtime: 136 min

About Movie

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

Basic Details

Release Date:

30 March 1999

Genres:

Action, Science Fiction

Production Country:

Australia, United States of America

Original Language:

English

Runtime:

136 min

Production Company:

Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho II Film Partnership, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

Budget:

$63,000,000.00

Revenue:

$463,517,383.00

Tagline:

Welcome to the Real World.

Movie Crew

Producer:

Joel Silver

Director:

Lilly Wachowski

Director:

Lana Wachowski

Movie Cast

Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Thomas A. Anderson / Neo
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss
Carrie-Anne Moss
Trinity
Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving
Agent Smith
Joe Pantoliano
Joe Pantoliano
Cypher
Gloria Foster
Gloria Foster
Oracle
Marcus Chong
Marcus Chong
Tank
Paul Goddard
Paul Goddard
Agent Brown
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Agent Jones
Julian Arahanga
Julian Arahanga
Apoc
Belinda McClory
Belinda McClory
Switch
Anthony Ray Parker
Anthony Ray Parker
Dozer
Matt Doran
Matt Doran
Mouse
Ada Nicodemou
Ada Nicodemou
DuJour
David Aston
David Aston
Rhineheart
Marc Aden Gray
Marc Aden Gray
Choi
Deni Gordon
Deni Gordon
Priestess
Rowan Witt
Rowan Witt
Spoon Boy
Eleanor Witt
Eleanor Witt
Potential
Tamara Brown
Tamara Brown
Potential
Janaya Pender
Janaya Pender
Potential
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Adryn White
Potential
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Natalie Tjen
Potential
Bill Young
Bill Young
Lieutenant
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David O'Connor
FedEx Man
Jeremy Ball
Jeremy Ball
Businessman
Fiona Johnson
Fiona Johnson
Woman in Red
Harry Lawrence
Harry Lawrence
Old Man
Steve Dodd
Steve Dodd
Blind Man
Luke Quinton
Luke Quinton
Security Guard
Lawrence Woodward
Lawrence Woodward
Guard
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Michael Butcher
Cop Who Captures Neo
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Bernard Ledger
Big Cop
Robert Simper
Robert Simper
Cop
Chris Pattinson
Chris Pattinson
Cop
Nigel Harbach
Nigel Harbach
Parking Cop

Movie Review

GeekMasher

The Martix is a great example of a movie that will live for ever or a very log time. The story and concept are out of this world. Keanu Reeves plays his role with utter brilliance, the cast was very well put together and the graphics are still to this day amazing. All in all one of the best movies of all time.

NeoBrowser

Get this: what if all we know as reality was, in fact, virtual reality? Reality itself is a ravaged dystopia run by technocrat Artificial Intelligence where humankind vegetates in billions of gloop-filled tanks - mere battery packs for the machineworld - being fed this late '90s VR (known as The Matrix - you with us here?) through an ugly great cable stuck in the back of our heads. And what if there was a group of quasi-spiritual rebels infiltrating The Matrix with the sole purpose of crashing the ruddy great mainframe and rescuing humans from their unknown purgatory? And, hey, what if Keanu Reeves was their Messiah?

What sounds like some web freak's wet dream is, in fact, a dazzlingly nifty slice of sci-fi cool. The Wachowski Brothers (Andy and Larry - last seen dabbling in kinky lesbian noir with the excellent Bound) pulling off something like a million masterstrokes all at once. Taking the imprimatur of the video game, they meld the grungy noir of Blade Runner, the hyperkinetic energies of chopsocky, John Woo hardware and grandiose spiritual overtones into William Gibson's cyberpunk ethos to produce a new aesthetic for the millennium powered to the thudding beat of techno. And it is just incredible fun. The key is the technique of "flo-mo", a process born from Japanese animation, whereby an object in motion is seemingly frozen while the camera miraculously spins around it as if time and gravity are on hold. It grants the action (including some killer kung fu which Reeves and crew spent months perfecting) liberty to take on surreal visual highs. Superhuman feats permissible, of course, in the context of VR as the rebels download Herculean "talents" to fuel their subterfuge. Meanwhile, the audience can only gawp longingly, with its jaws thunking to the cinema floor in unison, as the heroes wrapped in skintight leather, sleek shades and designer cheekbones, spin up walls, leap from high rises and slip through streams of bullets in silken slo-mo. Tron this ain't.

Immediately reigniting the moribund cyberpunk genre (the kids can't get enough Stateside), this has thrust Reeves from his imploding career back to Speed highs (and laying to rest the hideous ghost of Johnny Mnemonic) and stolen much more of Star Wars' thunder than was thought humanly possible. For all its loony plot, The Matrix is fabulous.

Sure, the expert Fishburne is depended upon to expound the lion's share of the script as seer-like rebel leader Morpheus. Reeves, stunning in his newcast slenderness, as Thomas "Neo" Anderson, the hacker turned hope for all mankind (care of some ill-defined mystical calling) is asked little more than perpetual befuddlement. Like Speed, though, this movie plays on his iconic looks rather than his oak-like emoting. There's a major find, too, in the irresistible Carrie-Anne Moss, a majestically wrought combination of steely no-shit intelligence and rock-chick vivaciousness as fellow tripper Trinity. And Weaving, cast against type, neutralises his Aussie tones to a freaky deadpan, the head of the MiB-styled defence system set against the Goth invaders.

And sure, three minutes of post-movie deliberation and all this state-of-the-art cyberdevilry is reduced to the purest gobbledygook. That, though, is not the point. The Matrix is about pure experience; it's been many a moon since the Empire crew have spilled out of a cinema literally buzzing with the sensation of a movie, babbling frenetically with the sheer excitement of discovery.

From head to tail, the deliciously inventive Wachowskis (watch them skyrocket) have delivered the syntax for a new kind of movie: technically mind-blowing, style merged perfectly with content and just so damn cool, the usher will have to drag you kicking and screaming back into reality. You can bet your bottom dollar George never saw this phantom menace coming.

Verdict - The deliciously inventive Wachowskis have delivered the syntax for a new kind of movie: technically mind-blowing, style merged perfectly with content and just so damn cool.

5/5

- Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine

StbMDB

It was around 2001 that I first watched this film and recently giving it another go, ever since, doesn't change the fact for me that this movie is an timeless piece of filmaking. From the characters to the striking and thought-provoking story, it basically has everything to make an action film a 10/10 in a book.

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Finally got to see this on the big screen thanks to the TIFF Bell Lightbox in glorious 35mm. My reaction: whoa!

On top of that, I was able to participate in a round table discussion over the film's technical innovations, thematic philosophies, religious metaphors, undertones of gender politics, and absolute ass-kicking action. Can a movie be any more perfect?

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